City opens new activity spaces

TWO new play spaces with fitness equipment have been unveiled by the City of Ballarat.

 City of Ballarat councillors Amy Johnson and Vicki Coltman test out the new youth activity space at the CE Brown Reserve at Wendouree.

City of Ballarat councillors Amy Johnson and Vicki Coltman test out the new youth activity space at the CE Brown Reserve at Wendouree.

Last Friday, Ballarat North Ward councillors Amy Johnson and Vicki Coltman officially launched the youth activity spaces at CE Brown Reserve in Dowling Street, Wendouree, and on the corner of Forest and Inglis streets, Buninyong. 

Both of the activity areas have been built with parkour equipment, which features a range of obstacle-style elements that involved jumping, leaping and sliding.

Cr Johnson said the incentive behind the concept was to encourage young adults to keep fit.

Cr Johnson said the council was also investigating the possibility of installing adult exercise equipment alongside existing children’s playgrounds in the city.

“This would encourage parents to keep active while their children are using the play equipment,” Cr Johnson said. 

“It is also way of reaching out to a broader demographic and providing adults with free opportunities to keep active.”

Cr Coltman said the youth space had been strategically placed near sporting grounds to attract more people to use the area. 

“It is a great alternative to the skate parks or playgrounds,” Cr Coltman said.

The youth spaces cost $80,000 each and were jointly funded by the City of Ballarat and the state government, which provided $100,000 towards the initiative. 

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